The RCMP say they have been able to view the contents of a memory card allegedly swallowed by the pilot of a fatal tandem hang-glider flight, but they won't reveal what it shows until the upcoming trial.
"The data on the video card was viewed by the Agassiz Serious Crime unit," said a statement issued by the RCMP on Thursday.
Earlier this year, the RCMP reported that no useful images were recovered from the memory card, but the police statement issued on Thursday appears to indicate that might not be the case.
"We are not in a position to discuss the content of the information that has been retrieved from the card as this is evidence that could potentially be before the court," said Const. Tracy Wolbeck.
On Wednesday, the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada issued a report alleging that pilot Jon Orders had failed to ensure the harness of his passenger Lenami Godinez-Avila, 27, was secure prior to takeoff.
Godinez-Avila plunged 300 metres to her death moments after the hang-glider took off from the mountainside in B.C.'s Fraser Valley, just east of Vancouver, on April 28.
Pilot error blamed by association
The association said its investigation has ruled out any possibility of equipment failure in the tragedy, and the findings were based on witness statements and evidence held by the RCMP.
Orders is expected to appear in a Chilliwack, B.C., court next April on charges of obstructing justice for allegedly swallowing the memory card from a camera that he may have used to film the flight.
He was held in custody for several days following the incident while the police waited for the card to pass through his system.
Earlier on HuffPost:
Hang gliding pilot William Jon Orders reads a statement of apology for the media (<a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/05/14/bc-fatal-hang-glider-pilot-orders.html" target="_hplink">Screen grab from CBC</a>).
Lenami Godinez slipped from the pilot's grip and plunged 300 metres (1,000 feet) to her death while on a hang gliding adventure in B.C. -- an anniversary gift from her boyfriend (<a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/lgodinez" target="_hplink">LinkedIn Profile</a>)
The hang glider, from a video report on <a href="http://www.bcdailybuzz.com" target="_hplink">BC Daily Buzz</a>
Another image from video taken by <a href="http://www.bcdailybuzz.com" target="_hplink">BC Daily Buzz</a>
Video still from the scene by <a href="http://www.bcdailybuzz.com" target="_hplink">BC Daily Buzz</a>
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Larry crashes a hang glider while being pulled by a boat. He broke his left femur and his right forearm, according to the YouTube description. He made a full recovery but ended up with a steel rod thru his femur and a metal plate in his forearm. The problem was that he dropped his left wing and failed to correct. The "anti dive" feature of the hang glider pulled the glider out of the dive, making the accident less serious than it would have been otherwise.